Namiwa Jazz

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: R&B

Instrument/voice type: Singer - Songwriter

Location: West Midlands


Hailing from the West Midlands, Namiwa Jazz is an international singer-songwriter and composer who speaks her truth, with a fearless lyrical approach to subjects that mean a lot to her. Whether singing with just a guitar accompaniment or a full band Namiwa's unique singing style is leaving music lovers feeling that once again, the world may see another great voice emerge from the region that amongst others, gave the world Joan Armatrading and Laura Mvula. Surprising listeners with a voice and aura way beyond her years. She describes her sound as Afro-Twang blending genres of Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, and Funk music. Namiwa Jazz showcases an extraordinary creative talent that spans a mature and heartfelt ability to write songs, a hugely impressive vocal range, and ability to deliver stunning vocals in the studio and on stage.
January 2020, Namiwa Jazz delivered a SOLD OUT headline show for BBC Discover Birmingham at the Sunflower Lounge with BBC Introducing and Birmingham Promoters. Namiwa Jazz has supported the likes of Public Enemy, Brian Jackson, The Floacist (Floetry), Jimmy Cliff, Teedra Moses,  Jacob Banks, Etta Bond and played ahead of Gregory Porter at Mostly Jazz Soul & Funk Festival. Accompanied with a full band, Namiwa Jazz played BBC 2 Cheltenham Jazz Festival on the Free Stage on the same day as Snarky Puppy. This July Namiwa will be opening for Groundation in Vienna at Afrika Tage Win Festival.  
Drawing widely from the encyclopaedia of Black music, her inspiring lyrics combine searing social commentary and heart-rending emotional depth, taking the listener on a journey. One that includes,  infectious beats, evocative imagery and mesmerising melody to a truly joyous place. Her, versatility engenders a wide appeal - fans of Laura Mvula, Mary J Blige and Nina Simone will connect - while her ruthless quality control ensures that her back catalogue is all killer, no filler. In the live setting, she is quite simply a force of nature, her striking styling
Help Musicians UK has been so kind and supportive of me. I applied to the Transmission fund to receive support to attend 2 international songwriting camps I have been accepted onto. The first songwriting camp is with Tileyard Publishing in North Africa (Febuary 2020) and the second camp is on the island of Santorini, Greece at Black Rock Studios ( April 2020). I hope to attend and collaborate with songwriters and producers from around the world. Through this experience, i hope to become an accredited songwriter.